Abstract

We demonstrate a high performance, highly manufacturable Single-Polarization Fiber (PZF), which offers a wide polarization bandwidth, very high polarization extinction ratio, and consistent performance within lot and from-lot-to-lot. The principle of the design is discussed in this paper and the full spectral attenuation results shown. We demonstrate the exceptional performance of the fiber for various fiber lengths, layouts, and operating wavelengths. In addition, PZF is designed with a circular mode field, which makes it low-loss and highly compatible with standard single mode fiber systems and devices. We will also discuss on-going R&D projects involving PZF.

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